Media Release – ALP welcomes immigration decision on seasonal agricultural workers 22/12/20

Release Date: 13th January 2021

Free movement between the UK and the EU ends on 31st December 2020. In 2021 there will be no general immigration route for lower skilled workers.

In ALP’s recent labour market survey, 70% of food growers and manufacturers said that they expected their own business to struggle or be in crisis recruiting for lower skilled workers in 2021.

David Camp, ALP Chief Executive, says, “The pandemic has shown the vital role of food workers in keeping our nations fed.  ALP has made a strong case that, where the evidence demonstrates, there should be limited immigration of key workers into essential sectors. As such, ALP welcomes the government’s decision to allow immigration of seasonal workers for edible horticulture by GLAA licensed labour providers in 2021.

In order to attract the workers they need in 2021, every food business will have to work to become an employer of choice within their local communities.  To boost that effort, ALP has developed a package of support, including producing the ‘Working in the UK Food Industry’ video to showcase the food supply chain as a sector of choice.

ALP is devoted to promoting good practice and to supporting the UK food supply chain.  Our message to businesses is this: act now to source the workforce you need in 2021.  ALP is here to support you.

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ALP is the specialist trade association promoting responsible recruitment and good practice for organisations that source and supply the workforce to the food processing, agricultural and wider consumer goods supply chain.

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